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Asia boosts Nokia earnings

With its first positive financial news for a year, Nokia bounded past analyst expectations, and raised its outlook for the remainder of 2005.

Longhorn is big - no, this time we mean it

Having scaled back the vision for Longhorn, Microsoft is re-setting expectations to help drive enthusiasm around the delayed operating system.

Borland open sources JBuilder

Borland Software is releasing code from its core JBuilder integrated development environment (IDE) into the Eclipse open source community after a surprise drop in first-quarter sales.
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AMD tells software companies to re-think dual core

AMD has urged ISVs to re-examine their software licensing policies for dual-core systems, the same day IBM reportedly said it will pursue separate policies for x86 and its own Power5 processor.
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Email destroys the mind faster than marijuana - study

Modern technology depletes human cognitive abilities more rapidly than drugs, according to a psychiatric study conducted at King's College, London. And the curse of 'messaging' is to blame.
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Boston jumps on Opteron bandwagon

Boston Limited is spreading its processor wings, by taking on AMD for the first time. The server room products distie is kicking off with its own-brand AMD Opteron and AMD dual-core rack servers in 1U, 2U, 3U and 4U heights.
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Qwest makes final offer for MCI

Qwest is making a last ditch attempt to acquire MCI after upping its bid to $9.75bn.
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Tridgell drops Bitkeeper bombshell

Samba developer Andrew Tridgell has released the source code to a tool that interoperates with Bitkeeper, the proprietary tool used by waddling Finn Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel until last week.
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Bean counters love the fluffy side of IT

Even accountants have learned that an IT project cannot be thought of purely in terms of its impact on the bottom line, according to research.
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.EU will be live by Jan '06

The European Commission has announced that Europe's own top-level-domain - .eu - will be live and available by the end of the year.
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MP3 zapping malware worms onto P2P network

Vigilante virus writers have launched an offensive against file traders with the release of a worm that deletes MP3 files on infected PCs.
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Q1 brings nothing but good news for Google

Google has reported a near-six hundred per cent increase in profit for the first quarter, with net income of $369.2m, up from $64m a year ago. The company said advertising sales almost doubled in the period, thanks largely to increased business outside the US. Revenue was $1.26bn for the quarter, up 93 per cent on the year.
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Cardiff tops broadband electoral poll

Election 2005 Cardiff is the broadband capital of the UK, according to the boffins at research outfit Point Topic. With less than two weeks to go until the general election, analysts have done some pre-vote number crunching and discovered that two constituencies in Cardiff are streets ahead in the broadband polls.
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Managing spreadsheet fraud

From time to time over the last year I have written and spoken about the dangers of using spreadsheets, particularly from the perspective of compliance but also with respect to how much they are error prone and subject to fraud.
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World Cup ticket draw results in

Applicants for the first batch of tickets for next year's football World Cup in Germany learned whether or not they were successful on Friday. A total of 812,000 tickets were available in the first sales phase: 665,000 individual tickets (including tickets for wheelchair users) and 147,000 team-specific tickets. Demand was high and the majority of people (including yours truly) emerged from a draw held on 15 April empty handed.
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One.Tel hoovers up RedNet for £5m

One.Tel - the telecoms arm of Centrica plc - has coughed up £5m in cash to acquire privately-owned B2B ISP RedNet Ltd.

AMD: dual-core not for gamers... yet

Gamers, AMD's upcoming dual-core desktop processor, the Athlon 64 X2, is not for you. What you want is the single-core Athlon 64 FX.
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AOL seeks to block phishing sites

AOL and security solutions provider Cyota announced yesterday that they are working together to identify and block access to suspected phishing sites, in yet another initiative aimed at tackling the on-line scam.
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UK police tackle mounting internet porn caseload

British police are refining their crackdown on internet paedophiles as a swelling caseload of offences involving the downloading of images of child abuse pushes computer forensics teams to their limits.

Privacy watchdog warns job seekers to beware

Would-be workers need to be more cautious with resume services and posting their personal information online. Online fraudsters and scammers are waiting.
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Freescale earnings grow post-restructure

Freescale, Motorola's erstwhile chip division, saw its income jump during Q1 FY2005 as it started to put the cost of last year's layoffs behind it.
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Porn swallows 20% of NZ police IT capacity

Randy coppers in New Zealand waste so much time surfing for porn while on the job that fully 20 per cent of police computer system capacity is devoted to storing the images, an official audit has revealed.
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Sniping bloggers can keep America safe from terrorists and cats!

And ninethly When modern imperial ideologies have dehumanized you and modern enterprises have exploited your labor, post colonial situations become occasions to assert your sense of self and culture, even when doing so appears backward to those who have been riding your back - Cornel West
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The mysterious link between security, laptops and rubbish dumps

Letters In the last letters bag, we tackled the desktop Linux issue. In this one, we've come over all Gwyneth 'n Chris, and are going for Apple instead.
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Sex android begats Armageddon machine

Back in February we reported that Kim Jong-Hwan of the ITRC-Intelligent Robot Research Centre - controlled by explosive cranial implant from the Lizard Army's advance Earth base at French car manufacturer Renault - had developed software which would allow robots to acquire reasoning and emotions, plus a healthy machine sex drive.
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The Boss is dead - long live The Boss

Episode 13 So the Boss has resigned (which in itself isn't a great occurrence) except that neither the PFY nor I had a hand in it (which is). It seems he was made an offer he couldn't refuse which didn't involve horses or handguns but instead a large amount of money.
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Surrey man claims $10k Moore's law bounty

Investors in Intel, the little-known chip maker, can breath a collective sigh of relief: the foundations of the company have been saved by a Surrey-based engineer.

Credit card firms push cybersecurity

Large online merchants will have to abide to a new, stricter set of standards from credit card firms after June 30.
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Nasdaq swoops for $1.9bn Instinet

The Nasdaq, long rumored to have its eye on Instinet, has gotten its electronic patsy for $1.9bn in cash. In so doing, the Nasdaq closed the second major deal this week of US financial markets, following NYSE which merged with Archipelago.